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Old 04-26-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: EWE?
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Would this be a ok place to retire to?

Is there a good hospital?

Any good dining Restaurants?

Is it windy? Does it get to much snow?

Do trees grow well there?

Thank you for any input here
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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Would this be a ok place to retire to?

Is there a good hospital?

Any good dining Restaurants?

Is it windy? Does it get to much snow?

Do trees grow well there?

Thank you for any input here
I don't live in Vernal, but I know a little about it. I don't think you will get many answers from those who do live there, so I will try to give you some feedback.

1. There is a hospital. Its probably too small to be very good and offer any wide range of services.

2. There are many restaurants, but fast food predominates as it does in most small cities in America. I would not expect many high caliber dining options.

3. It is in Uintah Basin and it gets plenty of snow in the winter.

4. Trees grow there, but there are places in Utah with a better climate for trees and plants.

Vernal is small. I think its got a population of about 10,000. Its not big enough to have the amenities that most of us take for granted in a major city or its suburbs. Medical care is limited. Oil drilling is very common in the Uintah Basin and has a number of impacts in the area. In the winter, there is an inversion from the pollution that results from oil drilling that maybe a factor for you in choosing this as a place to live. There are other impacts as well. A number of people living there work in the oil drilling industry and are temporary residents. I gather dealing with this influx has taxed the school system and criminal justice system to a point where both struggle.

On the positive side, you are near some major outdoor attractions. To the east is Dinosaur National Monument and the Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry. To the north is Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Ashley National Forest. Other sights around the area include Indian petroglyphs and plenty of hiking.
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Old 04-27-2019, 05:31 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Would this be a ok place to retire to?

Is there a good hospital?

Any good dining Restaurants?

Is it windy? Does it get to much snow?

Do trees grow well there?

Thank you for any input here
perhaps you could describe what you think an "OK place to retire to" would be like. What are you looking for? After all, one man's meat is another man's poison. Vernal would be hell for me but YMMV.
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Livingston, MT
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Vernal and the Unitah Basin are famous for air pollution from the gas and oil industry. Check into it before you move. It's very serious there.
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Old 04-28-2019, 03:51 PM
 
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My child was in a academic competition that is in Vernal so I have spent a few weekends there.


It is a landlocked city and a difficult drive. There are times that the roads are impassable with snow. I know the students from the High school have been stuck not being able to travel out.


The hospital or medical care is what you expect for a city that size, you will get primary care and urgent care but you will have to travel for some care. I live in St George and many people have to travel for care from here because of lack of speciality care. Unless you live in Provo-SLC area you will not have all medical care local. IHC will not put specialists even in ST George or Logan because it is not big enough.


I actually found Vernal very welcoming. There seemed to be as much as St George which is 5 times the size, as far and shopping and eating out. I saw just about every chain that is in southern Utah there. The hotels were well priced and nice. The people were awesome. I know you are not looking at schools, but for me it was the kind of high school I wish my kids went to. Teachers seemed like family and the school a second home. I think it is important to have caring teachers and schools in your community reguardless if you have kids going.


Housing is for sure cheaper there. If cost is an issue then Vernal might be okay but you have to be willing to travel for medical care if you happen to need a certain specialist and be okay with be so landlocked. You will pay 3 times more for a home in St George and get warm weather and more golf courses but you will still be travelling for some medical care if ever needed. If you are not choosing Vernal because of cost, then I would think of looking on the other side of the mountain, close to Spanish Fork, Nephi to be closer to everything.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:02 PM
 
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If you've seen one oil drilling town then you'll know what to expect. It offers roughly the same as the other oil drilling areas I've seen.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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On the positive side, you are near some major outdoor attractions. To the east is Dinosaur National Monument and the Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry. To the north is Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Ashley National Forest. Other sights around the area include Indian petroglyphs and plenty of hiking.

We're taking a trip this summer which includes a stop in Vernal to, mainly, visit Dinosaur NM. I know we've been through the area in the past but it's been awhile and we never made it an actual destination like this time. Are there any hidden gems/must see attractions which aren't on the normal tourist radar? We have elementary school aged kids who are easily content to play with sticks in the dirt so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:09 PM
 
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I personally wouldn't want to retire there unless you would like the idea of living in an oil boom town with harsh winters. I go there once a year to attend "the burbot bash" which is an ice fishing event at a lake 50 miles away. That one night spent there is one too many.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:13 PM
 
Location: NW Oregon
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We're taking a trip this summer which includes a stop in Vernal to, mainly, visit Dinosaur NM. I know we've been through the area in the past but it's been awhile and we never made it an actual destination like this time. Are there any hidden gems/must see attractions which aren't on the normal tourist radar? We have elementary school aged kids who are easily content to play with sticks in the dirt so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

I lived in Vernal back in 2008. I'm sure it has changed a lot, but there are many places worth visiting. I highly recommend taking a trip up to Flaming Gorge. Stop at Red Fleet State Park on the way up and Flaming Gorge Dam, it's a nice drive around to the top to the Mustang Ridge side of the reservoir up there as well. There are some really beautiful spots in Ashley National Forest. I miss that area a lot.

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Old 06-27-2019, 05:48 PM
 
Location: NW Oregon
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Would this be a ok place to retire to?

Is there a good hospital?

Any good dining Restaurants?

Is it windy? Does it get to much snow?

Do trees grow well there?

Thank you for any input here

I had a friend who was in the hospital there for a collapsed lung, his treatment was excellent.


I haven't lived there in over 10 years, but there were some good restaurants when I was there. I have heard there are many new places now.



I left before winter, but I have heard they are rough. The climate is fairly arid and it does get windy at times. Though the summers are wonderful.



I would definitely visit before making a decision either way.



What made you consider Vernal in the first place?
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